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Manager’s Reaction: My Squad Dealt Well With Adversity

Following Bacup Borough’s 3-0 victory over Rochdale Town I sat down with Brent Peters to get his take on the game.

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Brent Peters: “When a team is in a rich vein of form, like we are, a manager a reluctant to change very little, if anything but sometimes changes are forced upon you. When several changes are forced then it can be concerning. Some of the unavailabilities, due to holidays could and should have been avoided but to end up missing key players for whatever reason is not good, to make things worse I had another player pull out in the warm-up. These setbacks create adversity but the way the squad dealt with the situation truly pleased me.

“Don’t get me wrong we did not always reach the high standards we have done in previous games but the changes meant this was to be expected. Nevertheless the boys who came into the side did very well, especially Nicky Taylor on his return from injury. It was also good to see Josh Burke get a full game under his belt.

“Defensively we looked solid and and were well in control of the game, the performance was bonused by yet another clean sheet and that is a credit to our defensive unit of Adrian Bellamy, vice captain Gareth Wager and new addition Kevin Masirika.

“We struggled to find our rhythm in the early parts of the game and credit must be given to Rochdale and the way the started the match, working very hard to close us down. Several of our players were continually creating issues for us by repeatedly giving the opposition the ball back. This was irritating for us becasue my coaches Andy Barlow and Ferre Edwards work hard to ensure our ball retention is very good during training.”

When asked why he took the decision to bring off Tobi Olayemi early in the game Peters admitted the decision wasn’t easy but highlighted the importance of the move and reiterated that the player still has a future at the club.

BP: “I felt somewhat sorry for Tobi but as the manager I am here to make those decisions. Sometimes they are not going to be popular with all the players but it can be vital for the team. In Tobi’s case, the player has been here throughout pre-season and never misses a training session, something some of our other players could learn from, but his usual position is filled by our captain Shane Birtles.

“With Shane unavailable Tobi had his chance. I had seen him play in pre-season and was never going to overlook him when I felt he deserved the chance. However, sadly, I felt the game was passing the player by. While to some it may look like an embarrassing early substitution it was made in order to save the lad embarrassment as he never looked like getting into the game.

“My staff and I will continue to monitor the situation and should the opportunity to play Tobi again arise I will certainly do so. He will be better and he will come back stronger. Didn’t a certain Louis van Gaal do something similar with young Paddy McNair before reintroducing him against Liverpool?

“Mark Canning my counterpart at Rochdale will no doubt bemoan the fact that it was 10v11 but that is not our issue. The player deserved all he got and it was a stonewall red card. A dive in the box coupled with a head movement in the direction of Gareth Wager right in front of the referee was a stupid thing to do. His action gave his teammates a mountain to climb early in the game. We scored three goals but their keeper saved the scoreline from being an embarrassment to the home side.

“As for my team, all we can do is deal with any adversity within the squads unavailability; deal with the opposition and what they put before us, be that 11 or 10 men; be professional, score goals, keep clean sheets, take three points and get off home. Job done. I am proud of them all, another good day at the office”